To enjoy a really tasty latte macchiato, you don’t have to go to Italy these days. We’ll show you how to prepare a perfect latte macchiato at home. What awaits you here:
How to prepare a latte macchiato simply explained
- Step 1: froth 150 – 200 ml milk (firm milk foam)
- Step 2: Pour milk foam into a glass
- Step 3: prepare espresso (approx. 25 – 30 ml)
- Step 4: Pour espresso into the glass
- Step 5: drink & enjoy
Our bean tip for latte macchiato
Prepare the perfect latte macchiato step by step
Step 1: First froth the milk for the latte macchiato. A longer drawing phase during frothing allows even more air to enter. This gives the foam more volume and stability.
Step 2: Now the warm milk foam is poured into a glass until it is about 3/4 full.
Step 3: Now prepare the espresso. Usually, around 25 to 30 ml of espresso are needed for a latte macchiato.
Step 4: Finally, slowly pour the espresso into the glass. The espresso flows through the upper foam layer and collects on the warm milk.
Done: Et voilà! In front of you is the perfect latte macchiato.
We use this for the preparation of latte macchiato:
Our Profitec Pro 300 espresso machine
Our Quamar M80 Eespresso grinder
Our milk jug from Motta *
Our milk foam thermometer *
Our latte macchiato pot made of stainless steel *
Super good espresso beans *
Latte macchiato and its great popularity
The latte macchiato is one of the most popular drinks in European cafés. It consists of three layers: hot milk, espresso and to top it off, firm milk foam. The warm drink is usually served in a tall glass so that the separate layers come into their own – a real eye-catcher. In many cafés or bakeries, the latte macchiato is refined with a variety of toppings. There are extra syrups with different flavors such as caramel or hazelnut. Sometimes cocoa powder is simply sprinkled over it. Everyone has to decide for themselves whether this is necessary in terms of taste. We think that a well-prepared latte macchiato can do without sweet additives. Because the inherent taste is very mild and pleasant in the mouth.
Would you like to prepare a delicious cappuccino at home? Then we recommend our ultimate step-by-step guide for preparing cappuccino.
Origin and name of the latte macchiatos
An Italian without espresso is like a fisherman without a fishing rod. Therefore, Italians are introduced to the beloved coffee culture as early as childhood. Italian children are not allowed to drink pure coffee, but they get warm milk with a shot of espresso. Due to the espresso portion, the milk no longer looks white but has brown spots. This look is reflected in the name. Latte Macchiato means “speckled milk”. A pan-European trendy drink has developed from the simple speckled milk for children. This trend was felt in Europe in the mid-90s when Italian coffee bars and ice cream parlors offered this drink in their menu. Due to the very pleasant taste, the drink quickly found great popularity.
Good espresso beans for latte macchiato
Here you will find a selection of good espresso beans that we use to prepare latte macchiato and for which we can give a clear recommendation.
The name Latte Macchiato sounds similar to an espresso macchiato and can easily be confused when ordering. Both consist of espresso and milk. However, an espresso macchiato (also called caffè macchiato) is topped with just a spoon of milk foam, while a latte macchiato has a whole crown of milk foam on top.
Main ingredient milk
Milk is the basis of a latte macchiato. A glass of latte macchiato takes around 150-200 ml of milk. With this amount of milk, it is therefore particularly important to pay attention to the quality of the milk. A tip for good taste is to use the milk that coffee connoisseurs would drink straight. We find fresh whole milk to be the most delicious.
The protein content of 3.3 to 3.5 percent ensures that the milk can be easily frothed. This proportion is relatively similar to the usual types of milk from the supermarket. The fat content does not affect the foaming. You can froth low-fat milk just as well as milk with high-fat content, since almost every type of milk contains the same amount of protein. However, fat is a flavor carrier. This enables the coffee taste to be transported even more intensively. We, therefore, recommend using fresh whole milk with a fat content of 3.5 to 3.8 percent. You can buy milk from national dairies. However, it is great if you use milk from regional suppliers.
The milk foam in the latte macchiato
The perfect milk foam for a latte macchiato looks different to a cappuccino. This should be airy and equally firm. The emphasis is on the firm because with a cappuccino the milk foam is fine-pored and creamy in direct comparison.
The firmness of the latte macchiato gives it a stable head. That is also desirable with this drink. Several methods can be used to prepare great milk foam. At this point, we describe the method with the steam wand of an espresso machine.
To make the milk foam firmer and voluminous, the steeping phase is longer than when preparing a cappuccino. With a slow downward pulling movement of the milk jug, the air gets under the milk. A longer drawing phase allows even more air to enter. This gives the foam more volume and stability. The transition to the rolling phase is at a temperature of 45 to 50 degrees Celsius. The rolling phase ends at around 60 to 70 degrees Celsius. The milk has a very tasty taste at this temperature.
Tip: You can find a more detailed report in which we explain all the basics under frothing milk.
The espresso in a latte macchiato
The milk is “stained” with a delicious espresso. Usually, 25 to 30 ml of espresso are poured in for this recipe. If you like it stronger, you can of course also have a double espresso. The taste, in turn, depends on the type of coffee (Arabica or Robusta), its blend, growing area, and roasting. We recommend choosing something stronger in taste for a latte macchiato so that the coffee aroma comes into its own and the latte macchiato not only tastes like milk.
No matter for which espresso beans you choose, they should always fresh in a coffee grinder to grind. The coffee powder is then brewed with the espresso machine. This preparation method makes the flavoring substances it contains most intense.
Another tip is not to brew the espresso in a cup but a small infuser. This makes it easier to pour into the milk. The infusion jug should be preheated. You can do this with warm water or place it on the warm espresso machine before preparation.
Tip: Take a look at our step-by-step instructions on how to prepare espresso .
Preparation of the latte macchiato – the art of three layers
A latte macchiato is usually served in a tall glass. This is how the three typical layers come into their own. There are extra glasses for this. They have no handle so that nothing distracts from the look. Therefore, they are touched directly. So that you don’t burn your hands while drinking, the glasses are either double-walled or thicker. The glasses can have a filling volume of 200 ml or more.
The three layers are cleverly built on top of each other. The bottom layer is hot milk. The middle layer consists of espresso and the warm drink is topped with an airy layer of milk foam. Preparing these three layers will take some time and care.
Our tip is: stick to the order of preparation. Otherwise, you won’t get a visually nice result.
First, the warm milk foam is poured into a glass until it is about 3/4 full. When pouring, the firmer foam is initially held back with a spoon. Then you also let the firm milk foam flow into the glass. Only then is the espresso freshly brewed in a stainless steel jug with a spout. In the meantime, the milk foam cools down a little. The warm milk settles down in the glass and the airy milk foam remains on top.
This is the right time to slowly pour the espresso into the glass. It flows through the upper foam layer and settles on the warm milk. This only happens when the espresso is hot and the milk has cooled down a bit. Only then does the espresso stop between the warm milk and the milk foam. If you still have firm milk foam left in your jug, then the top layer can still be topped up.
Et voilà, now there is a wonderful and tasty latte macchiato in a glass in front of you and your guests.
Latte macchiato recipe
Latte Macchiato Recipe
November 05, 2019
Recipe category: Coffee specialty
Tags: prepare latte macchiato , latte macchiato recipe , latte macchiato
Description: The latte macchiato is one of the most popular coffee specialties in European cafés. Here you can find our recipe for 1 glass (230 ml)
Nutritional information (230 ml):
7.1 grams of fat
– 30 ml espresso
– 200 ml milk (with 3.5% fat content)
Instructions for the preparation of 230 ml latte macchiato:
Step 1: Froth 200 ml milk (milk temperature up to max 65 ° C)
Step 2: Put milk froth in a glass Fill
Step 3: Brew 30 ml of espresso in a stainless steel jug with a pouring spout.
Step 4: Slowly pour the espresso into the glass with milk foam.
How do you pronounce the drink “Latte Macchiato” correctly? First of all, it is good to know that, according to Duden, “the latte macchiato” and “the latte macchiato” are right. The double-written “c” in Macchiato tempts to pronounce it as “tsch”, which is not correct. It is therefore under no circumstances pronounced “Latte matschiato” or “Latte matschato”.
If you don’t want to embarrass yourself, you should pronounce the drink “Makkiato”. The double c is pronounced like a double k. Then it sounds like “Makkiato”. In a cappuccino, the double “c” is pronounced like a ch. The reason for this is that there is an “h” between the “c” and “i” for a macchiato and not for a cappuccino.
That certain extra sweetness
A latte macchiato is often supplemented in terms of taste. The classic is to dust the finished latte macchiato with cocoa powder. With the help of stencils, various motifs made of cocoa powder such as hearts or stars can be conjured up on the milk foam surface.
It is also popular to sweeten the latte macchiato with syrups such as caramel, chocolate, or hazelnut. A visual highlight is the use of chocolate syrup. If the syrup is placed on the inside of the glass before the milk is poured, a great effect is created when the other ingredients are poured in. Strips of chocolate run down the inside of the glass.
The generation of latte macchiato mothers
It doesn’t sound very flattering to be called a latte macchiato mother. It should be seen as positive. We mean women with children who enjoy life in the big city. Often it is women who are cosmopolitan, but also consumer-oriented. These women treat themselves to a latte macchiato to enjoy. And who knows what their nights with a baby were like. Therefore, the latte macchiato is more of a pleasant drink and a soul flatterer.